HOW TO PLAY THE 10 MOST DIFFICULT BLACKJACK HANDS
by Henry Tamburin
Note: Henry Tamburin is host ofsmartgaming.com and editor of the Blackjack Insider newsletter.
The smiling dealer deals the cards to three players. Player #1 is dealt an Ace-2 against the dealerís 10 upcard. The player hits and draws an Ace, hits again and draws a 4, and as the dealer intones "8 or 18," decides to stand. Player #2 is dealt a 4-5, takes a hit, draws a 7 for 16, then hits again and busts. Player #3 has a 7-4 and against the strong dealerís 10 decides to hit rather than double down. Do you see whatís wrong with this picture? All three players misplayed their hands.
Based on my 38+ years playing and teaching blackjack, I consider the following 10 hands as the most difficult ones for average players to master. Putting it another way, I observe players misplay these 10 hands more often than other hands. The list is in no particular order. Iíve also summarized the correct way to play each hand and the reasons why...
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